Rotating Panel Labor Force Surveys

Last update: March 3, 2022

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This website provides access to the data used in Donovan, Lu, and Schoellman (2022). It is maintained by the three authors, Kevin Donovan, Will Lu, and Todd Schoellman. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions about the data, or are aware of any data we are missing, please email us at

Data basics:
The data provided here are derived by harmonizing the individual-level responses in rotating panel labor force surveys conducted by governments around the world. These surveys track individuals for (at least) two consecutive quarters, allowing us to construct flows among employment statuses. Our current database includes 75 million observations from 46 countries with real GDP per capita ranging from 2,000 - 70,000.

Micro data access:
Unfortunately we are unable to provide the underlying micro data, due to agreements with various statistical agencies. If you are interested in accessing the micro data, see the Micro Data Availability page for more details. Most can be found online with a bit of searching, though the monetary and time costs vary by country. The underlying code to clean and harmonize the data is available on the Codes and Documentation page.

Access to data not available on this page:
Any requests for additional disaggregation can be made through the Requests page. We are happy to provide them, assuming we (1) have the data and (2) are allowed to under agreed-upon sharing rules. Requests that violate #2 will generally be narrow data cuts that decrease bin size to an unacceptably small level.

A few important notes:

  • This webpage is still under construction. It is mostly just a place-holder at this point. Our goal is to provide more detailed data in early/mid 2022.

  • The paper written with this data is still a working paper, and thus the data and results are potentially subject to change.

  • The database available here may "get ahead" of any paper that relies on it. New data are released quarterly, and we will attempt to keep these files as current as possible.

The views expressed here are not the official views of the Central Bank of Chile, its Board members, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Federal Reserve System, or any data provider.